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How can you make a good impression in court?

When you go to trial for a crime, there are some things you can do to make your life easier. From presenting yourself appropriately to offering respect to the judge, much of what you do will have an effect on your case.

Your defense attorney will talk to you about a defense for your case and what to say to the court, but your defense itself is not always enough. You also need to show that you take this charge seriously and that you intend to make changes or to show your innocence.

What should you do to make a good impression on the court?

If you’re coming to court for a criminal charge, you already have the odds stacked against you. Although the law states that you’re innocent until proven guilty, much of what you say and do can affect the judge and jury.

The best thing you can do for yourself is to make a good first impression. You should, for example, dress nicely when you come to court. What should you wear?

Women should wear appropriate clothing such as a business suit or blouse with slacks or a skirt. Wearing flat shoes or heels is also acceptable; less is more in this context, so dress conservatively.

Men should appear in court in a suit or dress shirt and slacks. This is not the time to come to court in shorts, jeans, tank tops or with violent or offensive language on your clothing.

When you address the judge, make sure you use polite language. You can say “your honor, ma’am, sir” or other polite phrases you would use to show respect.